Southwick, MA - Chief Administrative Officer/Town Administrator
Deadline to apply: 01/16/24
Southwick, MA, a vibrant community of 9,300 residents, is actively seeking an innovative and dedicated Chief Administrative Officer/Town Administrator committed to maintaining organizational excellence. This pivotal role follows the retirement of a highly esteemed leader who dedicated 35 years of service to the town. Nestled in western Massachusetts, Southwick epitomizes the quintessential New England charm. The town is strategically located within a short distance of exceptional recreational areas and key urban centers like Hartford, Springfield, and Amherst. These areas boast world-class medical facilities, educational institutions, and rich cultural experiences. Southwick's rich heritage in rural farming juxtaposes with its bustling atmosphere, fostering a "hometown feel." The community harmoniously blends residential, commercial, and agricultural interests, priding itself on being designated as a Right-to-Farm Community.
Operating under an Open Town Meeting form of government, Southwick is overseen by a three-member Select Board. Southwick has earned a reputation for political and financial stability, guided by prudent budgeting practices. For the fiscal year 2024, the operating budget stands at $34.3 million, encompassing schools and supported by an 81-member team of dedicated full-time employees, including 21 Police Officers and 12 Firefighters. Furthermore, Southwick maintains substantial reserves and holds an impressive AA2 bond rating by Moody’s Investors Services.
The ideal candidate for this role will possess a bachelor’s degree in political science, business, or public administration (a master’s degree is preferred). Moreover, we seek individuals with a minimum of six years of progressive municipal management and leadership experience or a relevant combination of education and experience. The salary for this position falls within the range of $125,000 - $150,000, commensurate with qualifications, and includes a competitive benefits package.
Southwick is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
For further information potential candidates are directed to the links below or to contact Municipal Resources, Inc. at 603-279-0352 ext. 330.
To apply submit a resume and cover letter, in confidence, as a PDF attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 16th, 2024, at 8 AM EST.